Freedom has become a term that is assumed to be synonymous with our culture. It is what supposedly sets us apart from other societies. This is patent nonsense. Freedom: the ability to do whatever one chooses (provided it is not detrimental to others) whenever one wants is a quality reserved for the powerful, who constitute a very small portion of our society.
Most of the members of society are, in fact, wage slaves and have very little freedom to speak of. The degrees of freedom through which most individuals in society function is bounded by a narrow window with many constraints determined by both law and custom. It is economics that ties most of us to the whims and desires of the powerful. It is a conspiracy in which the government plays a significant role.